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Charlie Parker session details

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December 20, 1948 (3 items; TT = 11:47)
Unknown recording studio, New York NY
Commercial for Mercury

Charlie Parker (as); Mario Bauza (tpt); Frank "Paquito" Davilla (tpt); Bob Woodlen (tpt); Gene Johnson (as); Fred Skerritt (as); Flip Phillips [Joseph Filipelli] (ts); Jose Madera (ts); Leslie Johnakins (bs); Rene Hernandez (p); Roberto Rodriguez (b); Jose Mangual (bgo); Luis Miranda (cga); Umbaldo Nieto (timbales); Frank "Machito" Grillo (maracas)

1 No Noise (parts 1-2) (E. Bartee) 5:55
2 No Noise (part 2) (E. Bartee) 2:57
3 Mango Mangue (G. Valdez-M. Sunshine) 2:55


1 No Noise (parts 1-2)
78 rpm: Mercury/Clef 11012
45 rpm: Clef EPC 500
10" LP: Clef MGC 511
12" LP: Verve MGV 2032, Verve (J) 00MJ 3268/77
CD: Verve 837141 (Disc 2), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1335

2 No Noise (part 2)
12" LP: Verve (J) 00MJ 3268/77
CD: Verve 837141 (Disc 2), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1335

3 Mango Mangue
78 rpm: Mercury/Clef 11017
45 rpm: Clef EPC 501
10" LP: Clef MGC 511
12" LP: Verve MGV 8000, Verve (J) 00MJ 3268/77
CD: Verve 837141 (Disc 2), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1335


This is the first Norman Granz attempt to showcase Parker in different settings.

Referring to this session between numbers at the Roost several days later (January 1, 1949), Symphony Sid Torin says, "That new thing that you did with Machito was really one of the most sensational things yet... One of the most sensational things, recorded for Mercury on the bop series, it's received a lot of wonderful kicks... It more or less puts bop in a more or less commercial sort of a groove, don't you think?" Parker laconically answers, "Well, if you wanna take it that way, but I mean, 'bop' is just a title, I mean, it's all still music to me..."

By January 15, 1949, Symphony Sid is hawking copies of "No Noise" during his on-air comments from the Royal Roost.

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